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Maynard Smith, John

Worked with J. B. S. Haldane as a theoretical behavioral ecologist at University College London (1952-65); dean of Life Sciences at Sussex (1965-85). Trained as an engineer, Maynard Smith applied mathematics to problems in biology, and contributed the concept of the evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) to the evolution of the sex ratio and to game theory. Author of Mathematical Ideas in Biology (1968), The Evolution of Sex (1978), Evolution and the Theory of Games (1983), Evolutionary Genetics (1989), Did Darwin Get It Right? Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution (1989), and (with E. Szathmary) The Major Transitions in Evolution (1995), among others. Winner of the Royal Society’s Darwin Medal (1986), Royal Medal (1997), Copley Medal (1999), Crafoord Prize (1999) and the Kyoto Prize (2001).

See second Darwinian revolution.

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